If not for COVID, Thursday night would have been the Patriots annual preseason finale against the New York Giants. As was the case with the previous three canceled games, I turned on my Xbox for a virtual substitute.
Bill Belichick spent 30 minutes Friday afternoon speaking with Patriots media via a video call. It's the first time the coach has been available for questioning since April's NFL Draft. Here are the biggest takeaways:
If you’re keeping score, as the result of disciplinary action by the league for Spygate, Deflategate and the Bengals taping incident, the Pats have now lost: two first-round picks, a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick. That is a ton of draft collateral, especially for a team that has not drafted well in recent years.
Last year, despite a career high in receiving yards, Edelman’s play had slipped by year’s end. During the regular season, he led the NFL with a whopping 13 drops. Maybe that was the result of injury, maybe that was the result of overall workload resulting from four Super Bowl appearances in the five previous years, maybe it was the result of … age.